But then imagine how bizarre any resulting posts would be. So, be thankful. And be thankful I didn’t follow that thought any farther. Really.

Somebody innocently sent me a link to a Republican site, talking about how awesome some dickhead was at the Health Summit. ( Really. I apologize for the return rant.) The site is Hot Air, going on about Paul Ryan, if you want names. I think the highlight of my response (yes, I will spare you the several hundred words) was something like, “Don’t come on like you’re oh so holy if you’re going to endorse torture.” Of course, they didn’t call it torture, but “enhanced interrogation.” Dickheads. Seriously, there is not one single sentence in the two-paragraph post that is not a lie. More likely a lie tangled up in some logical fallacy. It hurt. It made my head do bad, bad things.

(I have to admit, if I hadn’t become addicted to political blogs, my powers of shredding fallacies would never have become so muscular and sexy. Next, I think I’ll try diagramming sentences.)

Anyway. Roger Ebert on death panels. (I don’t know how I got here. I don’t know how I get to most places. Lately people keep linking to Ebert and Ebert stories, and it’s great. Except I think I keep giving him Bill Moyers’ voice. I keep him sitting in the balconey seat, though.)

A big chunk;

Do you know what the “public option” is? It would be the establishment of a federal fund to provide health insurance for those who cannot afford it or qualify for it. I have the feeling that if Jay Leno went Jaywalking among the protesters at a town hall meeting, even among those holding signs opposing the public option, he would find few able to define the term.

If you lack insurance coverage, are you opposed to the public option? If your premiums have increased so much that you can’t afford them, do you oppose it? If you have a “preexisting condition” that disqualifies you from insurance, do you oppose it? If it would provide you with equivalent insurance at a lower cost, do you oppose it? Most Americans, even those angry people at town hall meetings, now approve of MediCare. The public option would essentially make a system like MediCare available to the general population.

Would it replace private health insurance? Not at all. It would provide an option. Who opposes it? Do the math. The insurance companies do. It would provide price competition for their extremely profitable businesses. Price competition. It’s the capitalist way. Besides insurance companies, who else opposes it? The unwavering opponents of all things Obama.

Having arrived at a qualifying age thanks to the love and care of my wife and doctors, I am writing this as the beneficiary of the excellent heath care my insurance plan covered (until my illness exhausted its provisions). I am now covered under MediCare. I continue to get the same treatment as before–and as, for that matter, all members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives do, no matter what their age or political party. You should try it sometime.

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